Issue 455: U.N. Nominee Given 72 Hours to Confess Lies on Qaddafi Prize

Jean Ziegler must apologize for lying and pull out of next week’s election, or UN Watch will release damning dossier, new photo and video evidence

GENEVA, September 20, 2013 – Controversial U.N. Human Rights Council nominee Jean Ziegler was today given a 72-hour ultimatum to confess that for the past month he has been engaged in a massive cover-up by lying to the Swiss media over his ties to the Qaddafi Prize, and to withdraw his nomination for the election to be held next week. See below the UN Watch letter sent today to Jean Ziegler.
Although the Swiss parliament’s foreign affairs committee condemned Ziegler’s nomination as “inappropriate,” and U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power declared him “unfit,” Switzerland continues to be his official sponsor.
That may change on Monday, however, when Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter discovers the extent to which Ziegler lied to him and the Swiss people.
Following is the UN Watch letter sent today.


20 September 2013
Dear Mr. Ziegler,
We demand that within the next 72 hours you:
(a) Confess that for the past month you have lied to and deceived the Swiss people by engaging in a massive cover-up concerning your significant connections with the Muammar Qaddafi Prize for Human Rights, including announcing its creation in 1989, and then receiving the prize in Tripoli at the award ceremony held on the evening of 29 September 2002;
(b) Apologize to the Swiss people, and specifically to Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter, for knowingly deceiving them; and
(c) Acknowledge that your actions of lying and intentionally deceiving the Swiss people on such a massive scale violates the “High moral standing” criteria for election to the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee (Res HRC 5/1, par. 67), and announce the withdrawal of your nomination.
If you fail to do so by this Monday, 23 September, UN Watch will release a newly-acquired dossier of documentary, photographic and video evidence concerning the above, which is liable to cause embarrassment to those who publicly supported your nomination.
Hillel C. Neuer
Executive Director
cc:  Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter
UN Human Rights Council President Remigiusz A. Henczel
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay 



UN Watch